Total Pageviews

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Roar of the Crowd

The Paris 2011 Homeless World Cup takes place from 21-28 August 2011 at the Champs de Mars, Paris, France. 64 National Football Teams, (including the U.S.) comprising homeless and socially marginalized players from across the world will unite for seven days of gritty, fast paced street soccer.

For the players taking part the tournament represents an unlikely opportunity to achieve a dream shared by millions; to wear their national colors with pride, represent their country on the pitch and enjoy the admiration of the crowd. Players who previously lived on the outskirts of society find acceptance, understanding and the courage to re-evaluate their lives.

The vast majority of participants go on to rebuild relationships with family and friends, overcome addictions and find accommodation, education and employment. Some have even become professional coaches and players.

The year’s tournament is supported by legendary Arsenal FC manager Arsène Wenger and ex-France international footballers Lilian Thuram and Emmanuelle Petit, both World Cup winners.

Since the first Homeless World Cup first took place in Graz, Austria in 2003 research has consistently demonstrated that over 70% players change their lives after participating in the tournament.

As the Homeless World Cup annual tournament approaches its tenth year it continues to influence spectators, media and governments to change their opinions and approaches toward the issue of homelessness. To date more than 70 grass roots football programs have been triggered worldwide.

Mel Young, President and co-Founder of the Homeless World Cup said: “The Homeless World Cup exists to end homelessness. The impact of this competition is profound. It has engaged over 100,000 homeless people since it started with participants changing their lives for the better.

“The Paris 2011 Homeless World Cup is an opportunity for homeless people to move from being invisible to stand proud on a global stage, and to be true ambassadors for their country.”
Invite your family and friends to Subscribe! to Homeless In America.
Scroll down and vote in the polls.
List yourself as a blog follower, middle right column.
Donate! To the poor homeless at or post checks to - Servants of the Father of Mercy, Inc., P.O. Box 42001, Los Angeles, CA 90042. All Donations are Tax Deductible.

No comments: